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Wildcat Express Construction Update

By Megan Collins Mon Jul 31 2017 Skiing, Snowbasin Report, Snowboarding, Upcoming Events

For fifty-one years (1946-1997) the Wildcat Chairlift served as the main street of Snowbasin Resort. The single chair was the first lift installed on the resort and operated from 1946-1973. The Wildcat double was built in 1964 parallel to the single chair, tripling the uphill mountain capacity and operating next to the single on busy days. In 1973, the Wildcat chair was updated into the fixed-grip triple that lived there until this summer.  Now the triple is being updated this summer into a high-speed six pack. “With the addition of a new Doppelmayr 6 passenger high-speed chair lift, we will be able to better utilize this area of the Resort that was the original heart of the ski area. The new lift will service beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain and include new snowmaking on Wildcat Bowl, Blue Grouse, Herberts, Eas-A-Long, Wildcat Traverse and Stein’s. These improvements will improve access to this wonderful terrain with earlier access and better conditions when Mother Nature is not as cooperative as we would like,” states John Loomis, General Manager at Snowbasin Resort.

Here we will be sharing photos to update everyone on the construction of the new lift. 

Dismantling of the lower terminal late this spring. 

The chairs and cable were removed from the Old Wildcat Chair late this spring. The old towers will be flown off the mountain when the helicopter is here to pour concrete for the new lift. 

This is part of one of the bullwheels and the return terminal. Parts for the chairlift have been arriving almost daily in the early summer

A truck load of parts for the new lift. These parts are the sheaves "the wheels" that are on every tower.

Construction has started at the top of Wildcat on both the removal of the old lift and the snowmaking installation. In this photo, you can see the crane removing the old terminal. Additionally, the installation has started on the new snowmaking. From this location snowmaking will run down Blue Grouse, Herbert's, Eas-a-long, Wildcat Bowl and Wildcat Traverse. 

This picture shows the 40' sections of snowmaking pipe being "zaplocked" together. This process is more efficient and safer than welding the pipe. 

We have taken a delivery of 38 new SMI Super Polecat Fan Guns. Twenty-three of these will be tower mounted and the other fifteen will be carriage mounted that will be capable of moving to several locations.

All the inner workings of the bottom terminal.

Footings for the bottom terminal have been poured. These will be backfilled to the top of the footing when the lift is complete and almost completely buried underground. 

Tower foundation concrete forms. These will be flown to the appropriate locations on the lift line. 


The Webcams highlighting the construction are now live. Click here to see them. 

 Top of new Wildcat Terminal

Wildcat Bowl Snowmaking 

Megan Collins

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